New Releases of the Week (16 October 2020)
Anna Mullarkey – Alright
After releasing her debut EP Spéir in February, Galway composer and singer Anna Mullarkey has just released a new track, ‘Alright’, written during lockdown. Commenting on the piece, Mullarkey said ‘I didn’t feel alright so I wrote a mantra that would bring me some calmness. I missed seeing my friends and family so I began focusing on how grateful I am to have them in my life. Like something light coming from the dark.’
Indistinct Chatter – Cabin Lights Off
Best known as the exceptional video documenter of Ireland’s indie and folk scene over the past decade, Myles O’Reilly has also been releasing beautiful ambient tracks under the moniker of Indistinct Chatter since the first lockdown. Cabin Lights Off is the latest collection following the EP Love in a Time of Distance during the summer. He writes: ‘My explorations into creating ambient music began when I started to place drones in my music documentaries to lead the audience in and out of music performances. … Once I began to compose even longer pieces to sit under the dialogue of interviews, I realised I was unintentionally creating a collection of ambient songs.’ Cabin Lights Off, however, is an album created independent of the visual. The album is inspired by travel and memories of long-haul flights: ‘It doesn’t really matter how I travel, there’s no better soundtrack than minimal ambient for staring out a window into the middle distance…’.
Click on the image below to listen. Available to purchase on Bandcamp: https://mylesoreilly.bandcamp.com/album/indistinct-chatter-cabin-lights-off
Caoilian Sherlock – Sucker for Love
After the release of two singles in 2019 (‘Shades of You’ and ‘Don’t Let Me Forget About Her’), Cork guitarist and singer Caoilian Sherlock’s new track ‘Sucker For Love’ is out now. Sherlock, who also performs with indie act The Shaker Hymn, is also working on forthcoming EP, the details of which have yet to be announced.
Inhaler – When It Breaks
Following the release of ‘We Have to Move on’ and ‘Falling In’ earlier this year, Dublin rock-pop quartet Inhaler’s new song is ‘When It Breaks’. The song was inspired by the band finishing touring and then finding themselves, like much of the world, in lockdown.
Emét – JJ Johnston
London-based, Derry-born indie-folk musician Emét has just released his debut single ‘JJ Johnston’. The song was inspired by the closure of a long-established hairdresser’s salon during lockdown. It comes as part of Emét’s debut EP, Cheers and All the Best, set for release in January 2021.
Erica Cody – Calculated
Erica Cody’s new single ‘Calculated’ sees her collaborate with hip hop group Hare Squead, with whom she wrote the track. Cody released her debut EP Leoness last year and this year she took part in the Irish Women in Harmony Project, singing alongside thirty-nine other well-known female Irish singers including Ruth-Anne Cunningham, Saint Sister, Imelda May and Soulé.
Cli Donnellan– Beneath the Hedgerow
Released at the beginning of this month, Beneath the Hedgerow is an album of solo traditional fiddle music by Cli Donnellan from East Clare, and the music is very much in the gentle, relaxed style of that region. As Siobhán Peoples writes in the sleevenotes, ‘That steady pace, deep sound and atmosphere that can only be replicated by people who know it in their DNA.’ Donnellan combines repertoire by Junior Crehan with a range of traditional repertoire, plus her composition ‘The Legacy’. Guest musicians include Brid O’Gorman (flute), Ciara O’Sullivan (harp), Clara Buteler (guitar), Liam Flanagan (fiddle, banjo) and Martin O’Malley (guitar, bodhran).
Available to purchase on bandcamp. Visit https://clidonnellan.bandcamp.com/releases
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Published on 16 October 2020